FDA Lawyer Collaborated with Drug Firms-Lawmaker
Tue Jul 13, 5:46 PM ET
By Susan Heavey
Source: Yahoo News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites)'s top lawyer has inappropriately intervened in a number of civil lawsuits on behalf of drug and medical device makers, a U.S. lawmaker charged on Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a New York Democrat, said the agency's chief counsel, Daniel Troy, filed friend-of-the-court briefs for drug companies in at least four cases where they were defendants, including one on behalf of his former client Pfizer .
Troy also met with pharmaceutical industry lawyers and representatives before filing the briefs, said Hinchey, a member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee which oversees the agency.
Instead of protecting the public, Troy was "making it the agency's mission to protect the drug companies from being held accountable when their products do serious harm," said Hinchey.